Supplies

Here are some basic supplies to get before bringing your new puppy or adult home. You can click on any of the images below to view them in a larger size.

Food
I recommend feeding a premium dry kibble. Dry kibble is formulated to clean the teeth while your dog chews and Manchesters need all the help they can get in this department. If you feed wet food or moisten your dog’s kibble with water, you’re setting yourself up for rotten teeth as your dog gets older.

Here is what I feed my own dogs:
Puppies (up to 1 year of age): Pro Plan Lamb and Rice Puppy
Adults (1 yr to 9 yrs): Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach
Seniors (10 yrs +): Pro Plan Bright Mind 7 yrs+ Toy Breed

 

Collar and Leash
Due to the shape of the breed’s head (it’s smaller than their neck) and their propensity to run after prey, you must have a slip-proof collar. Buckle collars are NOT safe. Fabric martingale style collars are best. The fabric should be no wider than 5/8″ or it will be too rigid to close around the neck completely. For an 8 week old puppy, I recommend an extra small fabric adjustable slip collar because even the best martingales will slip off their heads. Once they outgrow this collar, you can switch to a martingale. The leash should be made of a light fabric with a light snap and be no longer than 6 feet. NO FLEXI LEADS. People have lost fingers from the cord getting wrapped around them, and could certainly take the leg off a very young puppy.

Crate
A 100 size plastic vari-kennel style crate is perfect for 2 to 4 month old Toy Manchester Terrier puppy. An adult Toy Manchester Terrier will need a crate that is about 16″ tall. This is a tall breed and crates sizes are standard so the only measurement you really need to worry about is the height. If you judge based on the weight recommendations of the crate manufacturers, you’ll end up with a crate that’s too small.

I prefer plastic crates over wire crates because they look and feel more like a cozy cave from the dog’s perspective and they are cleaner in your home. If your puppy or dog has an accident or vomits in the crate, it will be pushed out of the wire crate and end up on your furniture/walls, anything in the immediate vicinity. One of the reasons dogs don’t potty in their crates is because they don’t want to dirty their den, but they are smart enough to figure out how to back up to the wall of a wire crate and do their business so that it doesn’t stay in the crate!

Bowls
Manchesters like to bury their food and water so I advise buying two 10 oz. dishes (the bigger the dish, the less room your dog has in the crate) that attach to the door of the crate. This gives them more room to stretch out in the crate because the dishes are up off the floor, and they cannot spill their food and water. Get dishes that screw on to the door. The kind that have hangers that set on the door can be knocked off easily. These kinds of cups are often called “coop cups” and can sometimes be found in the bird or small animal section if not in the dog section.

Crate Bedding
I give my dogs a thin crate mat (you don’t want to take too much height away from the crate) and a fleece blanket. If the fleece blanket has thread around the edges you need to cut that off so that it is not consumed by the dog or caught around the toes. Manchesters get cold easily and love to burrow in fleece bedding. Many have learned to wrap themselves in the blanket and enjoy it for that reason.

Toys
They love squeaky toys and stuffing-free toys are best. Skineez is a popular brand but many other brands now make this type of toy. These toys are soft with squeakers but there is no stuffing. They like to eat the stuffing which can cause an obstruction. An obstruction is when a foreign object blocks the flow of food and/or water through the intestines. This is at best going to cost you an expensive trip to the vet and at worst, it’s deadly.

Nylabone brand plastic bones are good chew toys because they are made to break up and pass safely if the dog ingests them. They will help keep the teeth clean and help a puppy loosen their puppy teeth. Nylabone has an alternatives line that offers fake antlers, fake wood and fake bones which are so much safer than the real thing.

Rawhide Chews
Traditional rawhide can cause obstructions if not fully chewed so most experts agree that it should be avoided. Still, you need a long lasting chew that you can leave with your puppy or dog to keep them occupied and it’s important to keep providing harder chews for adults to help keep their teeth clean. Look for products that are labeled as “easily digestible rawhide” or “rawhide free” chews. I have tried some rawhide free chews that didn’t set well with the dogs so I only buy Pork Chomps which they love. I avoid the kind with knots at the end because those can still be swallowed whole. The pressed bones and rolled rawhides pictured below are what I prefer to buy.

Training Treats
The ideal training treat is small, soft, and easily breaks apart. I personally prefer Bil Jac Little Jacs. I still break these into 1/4 size pieces when training puppies because you don’t want to make your puppy sick from too many treats.